10 Quick & Easy Bead Weaving Patterns
I’m a little bit obsessed with shaped beads these days. There’s such a huge variety and they allow for so many creative bead weaving patterns. Even though they aren’t the focus of Beadwork Presents: 10 Quick & Easy Bead Weaving Patterns, shaped beads definitely play a big role in the beaded jewelry designs in this collection. Tinos par Puca, PaisleyDuos, Kite Beads, Tilas and Candy Beads are just a few of the two-hole shaped beads you’ll find in the bracelets, necklaces and earrings gathered here.
The designers whose projects are included in this eBook are all talented beaders with innovative ideas: Tamara Allison, Kathy Cook, Debora Hodoyer, Lisa M. Jordan, Kim West, Debbie Hanson, Sonia Corbin-Davis, Alice Kharon, Melissa Grakowsky-Shippee. They’ve contributed projects to Beadwork that are interesting, accessible and finely crafted. You can count on them to guide you through 10 projects that truly are quick and easy – and fun to make!
The quick and easy bead weaving patterns in Beadwork Presents: 10 Quick & Easy Bead Weaving Patterns, include bead embroidery, kumihimo, peyote stitch, right-angle weave, and wire working techniques. Beginners can use these beaded jewelry designs as starter projects to learn new stitches. Pros can use these quick makes to keep your fingers nimble between larger projects or to experiment with two-hole shaped beads without a large commitment. You’ll also find Kumihimo 101, full-color illustrations and two pages of techniques in addition to 10 inspiring projects.
Get your beads together, find a comfy chair, switch on your magnifying lamp (affiliate link) and dive in! Here are a few of my favorite projects:
This colorful Scarabtino Bracelet by Kathy Cook uses two-needle right-angle weave to connect a variety of two-hole shaped beads together. It’s an intricate look that’s actually a lot faster and easier than it seems. The beads seem to lock into place like puzzle pieces, creating a flexible, fabric-like texture. The materials lists are provided for several colorways so you can choose your favorite or try them all.
Kathy is an avid beader who has created some amazing designs with two-hole shaped beads, from wrap bracelets to cuffs, and more. When her first projects were published, her beloved bead shop threw a party in her honor! Read A Beading Party to Celebrate Kathy Cook Getting Published in Beadwork to see pictures, find out about Kathy’s favorite bead shop and enjoy the party.
Dancing Dragonfly Earrings
These charming Dancing Dragonfly Earrings designed by Kim West are the ideal project to make tonight and wear tomorrow or use as a last-minute gift. Symbols of springtime and transformation, they’re eye-catching and iconic. They use minimal materials and work up quickly in netting and a right-angle weave variation. Kim shows many color combinations – you can just imagine her whipping these up in a flash. Once you’ve made one pair of earrings, you’ll be speeding along.
Kim owns Stony Creek Bead in Michigan, where she teaches classes and creates new designs. She has contributed a variety of inspiring projects to Beadwork, including a quick and easy Pip Petal Pendant made from Pip beads and seed beads. Read Discover Bead Weaving with Designer Kim West for insight into Kim’s creative process and tips for getting out of a creative rut.
Did you know that bangle bracelets are one of the oldest styles of jewelry? They’re still on-trend after all these years and they’re among my most treasured accessories. Debbie Hanson designed this Boulevard Bangle with metal seed beads and Swarovski crystals for maximum sparkle and heft. She includes tips for how to vary the crystal bead shape.
This is the type of project you’ll master and then make again and again. Flat and tubular right-angle weave combine for a beautiful, smooth bangle that easily rolls onto your wrist. You can easily substitute your favorite crystal colors–look to Beading Trend: Pantone Color of the Year 2019 for inspiration. You’ll want to stack these up!
Crystal Pendulum Necklace
Melissa Grakowsky Shippee specializes in intricate, elaborate beaded jewelry designs, so it’s exciting to see her work in a quick and easy format. This stylish Crystal Pendulum Necklace is the perfect introduction to bead embroidery. You’ll learn to create a beaded element for the focal point, and then assemble the fashion-forward design. I love the way she uses chain to bring it all together.
Get to know Melissa in Beadwork Designer of the Year Bead Weaving Artist Melissa Grakowsky Shippee. Read how she approaches color, plans a design, and more. Once you’ve tried her Crystal Pendulum Necklace, level up with her intermediate Czech Me Out Necklace or Brilliant Bangle.
These are just a few of the alluring projects from Beadwork Presents: 10 Quick & Easy Bead Weaving Patterns. It’s a great jumpstart for your beadwork. You can try out some new beads and get your toes wet with a variety of stitches. Set aside a little time to learn something new and create beautiful, wearable jewelry in the process.
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